Lookit! White-headed Woodpeckers! The male is the one with the red, female - no red. This is actually not a pair but I took the the photos on the same day. The female was right outside our bedroom window and I was able to open it and get a pretty sweet shot of her. The male we found while hiking just a few miles away.
The male let me get within 12 feet of him while he was excavating. Pretty awesome. I haven't seen White-headed woodpeckers in a couple years and the picture I got then was pretty gross so I was pretty pumped that I got these yesterday. Such a cool bird!
These guys are found in parts of the Western US in coniferous forests, big fans of snags like most woodpeckers. Which is one of the reasons they are declining in some places. The removal of snags, clearcutting, fire suppression, even -aged stands, etc = crappy stuff. They're listed as endangered in BC and a species of concern in some US states. Nature Notes